Governors are honoured for their work

School governors and Headteacher David Baldwin receive their award from Jean Griffiths, North Tyneside Council's Head of Children, Young People and Learning.
School governors and Headteacher David Baldwin receive their award from Jean Griffiths, North Tyneside Council's Head of Children, Young People and Learning.

Governors at a Wallsend school have been honoured for their outstanding skills and commitment.

Governors at Churchill Community College in Wallsend beat off competition from schools across the country to win the National Governors’ Association (NGA) award for Outstanding Governance 2015.

The NGA awards, held every two years, celebrate the excellent practice of governing boards and clerks in England.

To win the ‘Outstanding Governing Board’ award the governors had to demonstrate that they had increased opportunities for achievement by their children and young people.

In the citation the judges said: “The school has progressed from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ and now to ‘outstanding’ in terms of Ofsted inspection and is now a teaching school.

“The breadth of experience and skills of the governing board are wide ranging and their expertise has enabled them to challenge leaders well, holding them to account for the progress made by all.

“The vision of the college – “excellence for all” – has resulted in an outward-facing school prepared to not only share its experience and knowledge but also continue to learn in the process.

“The college is used by North Tyneside local authority, the North Tyneside Learning Trust and other local authorities to provide support to other schools. The governors are instrumental in enabling school to school support and modelling such good practice by being associate governors elsewhere.”

Churchill’s executive headteacher David Baldwin and chair of governors Tracey Booth led the Governance team which travelled to London where they were presented with the award at the Houses of Parliament.

Mr Baldwin said: “We are so proud of the improvements our governing body has been able to make to the results in all aspects of our work.

“This award recognises the outstanding commitment the governing body has made and the impact to the lives of our students.

“It recognises the way governors have sought to help other schools and governing bodies to improve outcomes for their students.

“The award validates our aim to achieve excellence for all.”